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JUST IN: Ex-govs Dariye, Nyame jailed for stealing, pardoned by Buhari, released from prison



Nigerian govt pardons former Govs Dariye, Nyame after conviction for misappropriating N2.7bn

Two former governors who were jailed for misappropriating their states’ resources but later pardoned by President Muhammadu Buhari have been released from prison custody.

Former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Joshua Dariye, and a former Taraba State Governor, Jolly Nyame, and others have regained their freedom.

On April 14, 2022, a pardon was granted to both men amongst others by the Council of State, under the leadership of President Buhari.

The decision generated a lot of criticisms from among many Nigerians.

Former Plateau, Taraba Govs, Dariye, Nyame, released from Kuje Prison

Both men were released from the Kuje Custodial Centre, Abuja, four months after Buhari granted them the presidential pardon.

After the pardon, many had expected their immediate release from prison but they were to remain in prison four more months in what officials said had to do with bureaucratic bottle neck.

Read also:Despite pardons to Dariye, Nyame, Buhari hates corruption so much —Adesina

But on Monday, the gates of the prison were opened for the duo which elicited rounds of jubilation in Jos and Jalingo as soon as the news got to the cities.

A source told Ripples Nigeria on the telephone that there was wild jubilation in Dariye’s Mushere community in Bokkos local government area of Plateau State as the villagers trooped out en masse to celebrate his official release.

“The whole of Jos has been thrown into wild jubilation when the news got to town that Chief Joshua Dariye has been finally released. In Mushere where he comes from, everyone trooped out to celebrate the return of the former governor.

“His political associates most of whom were his appointees when he was governor have regrouped in Jos and have moved to the airport to await his arrival.

“Circumstances behind Dariye’s release may not be unconnected with the recent appointment of Gov. Simon Lalong as the APC Campaign DG as he is doing everything possible to mend fences with top politicians in the state to make his job easier,” the source who is a top political analyst said.

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